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Legal news from Sunday, March 25, 2012
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported on Sunday that Syrian government officials are rounding up civilians [press release] and forcing them to walk in front of the army during arrests, troop movements and attacks on villages in order to shield the army from opposition forces. The report details [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu said on Thursday that China will stop taking organs from executed prisoners in the next three to five years. The Ministry of Health [official website, in Chinese] and the Red Cross Society of China [advocacy website] have been working together since 2009 [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has paid compensation to the families of the victims of a shooting spree [JURIST report] allegedly committed by a US soldier, according to statements made by an Afghan elder. The families of the victims killed [AP report] in the incident received $50,000 and the families of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian legislature on Friday passed a bill [bill profile, in Russian] that will make it easier for political parties to register with the government. The bill was introduced in response to widely disputed [France 24 report] and heavily protested [RIA Novosti] elections, which were held in December, and [read more]

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